Them’s Fightin’ Words…

So. There’s a company out there that’s infamous among writers. Victoria Strauss, over at Writer Beware, has been a valiant crusader in bringing to light and public knowledge the activities of any number of unsavory groups masquerading as legitimate publishers. Typically, these groups offer author services, wherein they’ll sell a writer advertising packages. Or book “packages,” in which a hapless writers pays through the nose for editing, cover art and such. In fact, the Man of the Hour, David Gaughran, has an entire series of posts that walk the discerning reader through how egregious this crew are.

Well, they’re at it again, only this time they’ve recruited accomplices. And what accomplices they are. No less than Barnes & Noble (or, as I like to think of them, Toys & Nooks) has signed a contract to funnel business to one of the most deceptive scammers of naive writers-cum-author around. In exchange for a cut of filthy lucre, B&N – through Nook Press – will be pushing Author Solutions publishing packages. All at an even higher-than-“normal” price, and all without the willing consent of the spammed. It’s, it’s … just go read. It’s infuriating, and a decade ago, I might have bought it, and that’s further angering. I’m going to have to go stab badguys just to relax now…

About depascoe

David E. Pascoe is a ne’er-do-well of broad interests and little focus. He spent his childhood firmly ensconced in worlds of fantasy and science fiction with brief sorties into worlds of contemporary, horror and historical fiction of various stripes and inclinations. After rigorous intellectual training in theology and philosophy, he elected to enlist in the United States Navy, during which he used none of his skills to particularly good effect. Upon his separation from active duty, he dove back into speculative fiction, but this time as a content creator. He writes in several genre, and if you behave very well, dear reader, you may even get to sample some his efforts. David spends his time in relative isolation somewhere on the East Part of the North American continent. His time is devoured by his infant son, and caring for his wife. Writing has taken something of a back seat, a circumstance not David's liking, nor to that of the characters occupying his head. They seem to be organizing a strike . . .
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